Writer – Sam Humphries
Artist – Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco, Andrea Sorrentino
Colours – David Curiel, Marcelo Maiolo
Star-Lord’s title comes to a close and he is not even in the issue, but that does not mean Sam Humphries does not have a story to tell for in this book we find his sister Victoria on a mission of her own. Victoria has gone to see the Collector because he has something that she wants, namely her father, J’son of Spartax, still encased in amber from the events of The Black Vortex. But the Collector does not give up his possessions lightly, if ever. Luckily, Victoria has something up her sleeve so to speak to make him do so and something up her sleeve when she leaves as well. Humphries caps off his run with another very enjoyable issue that is a little light on the laughs but gives us some insight into what makes Victoria tick, especially as the Collector takes us on a trip through her past. The Collector has always been a fascinating villain, for that is what he is most of the time, and here while he is not so much a bad guy, he is villainous in his motivations. What is readily apparent by the end of the book is that Victoria is definitely her father’s daughter and it shows through and through. The book does leave some doors wide open, such as what will happen with J’son, with Victoria and with the Kree Empire and after all that has happened with this title, you would not have it any other way. While it would have been nice to have Star-Lord put in an appearance in the book, because it is his book, this issue gave us something a little different and was a welcome change from the usual. All in all, a really fun title that is sure to return come the end of Secret Wars.
4 out of 5
Writer – Phil Hester
Artist – John McCrea
Colours – Michael Spicer
Going into any book blind, you never know what you are going to get and this book was a very pleasant surprise with a story that is a little crass at times due to the characters and not the subject, but just a total ball of fun. The book follows the trials and travails of the Mythic Lore Services who provide help to those who call upon them, for those things that might be unexplainable and yet are if you know what to look for. The members of this crew do not exactly seem like the most upstanding of citizens, not that they are bad or anything, merely not the kind of professionalism you would expect from what might seem like a government agency though they are definitely not a government agency. The world runs on magic according to them and all of those things that you do not understand, such as why it will not rain, have a viable explanation such as the situation that makes itself known in this book. John McCrea’s artwork is as strong as ever and he is the perfect man to draw this balance between the serious and the absurd. For his part, Phil Hester has created a very interesting ‘Men in Black’ type story that is highly entertaining and witty and puts a smile on your face almost from the very first page. Great stuff from all involved.
4 out of 5